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Signs You're Suffering from Heatstroke

By Carly Porter and Gina Cherundolo for AccuWeather.com
August 13, 2010, 7:54:32 AM EDT

What is Heatstroke?

According to the Mayo Clinic, heatstroke occurs when body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher.

Heatstroke can be inflicted by hot weather or strenuous exercise. One of the first signs of heatstroke is decreased sweating, and your body may even feel dry to the touch.

Increased thirst will also occur, and this is often the first sign of dehydration.

Other symptoms include fatigue, flushed skin, muscle cramps and rapid, very shallow breathing.

Your pulse may be racing as the heart works overtime to keep the body cool.

Neurologically, confusion and disorientation, accompanied by a throbbing headache and an increased likelihood for seizures, may also occur.

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